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Allan Bloom Quotes and Sayings

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The liberally educated person is one who is able to
resist the easy and preferred answers,
not because he is obstinate but because he knows others worthy of consideration.
- Allan Bloom

The most important function of the university in an
age of reason is to protect reason from itself.
- Allan Bloom

As soon as tradition has come to be recognized as tradition,
it is dead.
- Allan Bloom

Fathers and mothers have lost the idea that the highest
aspiration they might have for their children is for them to be wise...
specialized competence and success are all that they can imagine.
- Allan Bloom

 

Education is the movement from darkness to light.
- Allan Bloom

Students now arrive at the university ignorant and
cynical about our political heritage,
lacking the wherewithal to be either inspired by it
or seriously critical of it.
- Allan Bloom

The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision
and strengthens our most fatal tendency -
the belief that the here and now is all there is.
- Allan Bloom

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There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of:
almost every student entering the university believes,
or says he believes, that truth is relative.
- Allan Bloom

Reason cannot establish values, and its belief that
it can is the stupidiest and most pernicious illusion.
- Allan Bloom

The spirit is at home, if not entirely satisfied,
in America.
- Allan Bloom

Nothing is more singular about this generation than its addiction to music.
- Allan Bloom

Reason transformed into prejudice is the worst form of prejudice,
because reason is the only instrument for liberation from prejudice.
- Allan Bloom

There is no real teacher who in practice does not believe
in the existence of the soul,
or in a magic that acts on it through speech.
- Allan Bloom

The real community of man is the community of those who seek the truth,
of the potential knowers.
- Allan Bloom

Only Socrates knew, after a lifetime of unceasing labor,
that he was ignorant.
Now every high-school student knows that.
How did it become so easy?
- Allan Bloom

Authentic values are those by which a life can be lived,
which can form a people that produces great deeds and thoughts.
- Allan Bloom

We are like ignorant shepherds living on a site where
great civilizations once flourished.
The shepherds play with the fragments that pop up to the surface,
having no notion of the beautiful structures of which they were once a part.
- Allan Bloom

Education in our times must try to find whatever there
is in students that might yearn for completion,
and to reconstruct the learning that would enable them
autonomously to seek that completion.
- Allan Bloom

Rock gives children, on a silver platter,
with all the public authority of the entertainment industry,
everything their parents always used to tell them they
had to wait for until they grew up and would understand later.
- Allan Bloom

Northern white people love the Negro in a sort of abstract way,
as a race; through a sense of justice,
charity, and philanthropy, they will liberally assist in his elevation.
- James Weldon Johnson

I believe that in every country the people themselves
are more peaceably and liberally inclined than their governments.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Time, which wears down and diminishes all things,
augments and increases good deeds, because a good turn
liberally offered to a reasonable man grows continually
through noble thought and memory.
- Francois Rabelais

Washington is a city of
Southern efficiency and Northern charm.
- John F. Kennedy

Obviously, overall infrastructure needs on the Southwest
and Northern borders are mounting.
We need a major push in Congress to remedy this.
- Pete Domenici

We wanted to bring the political situation in Austria on stage.
Naturally we could not do that without pointing to
Austrian's northern neighbor Germany.
- Leon Askin

My father's people...
are from Fairfax in northern Virginia,
just across the Mason-Dixon line.
So it was an honour to play Lee, he was a great general.
- Robert Duvall

Accordingly the Northern races of Europe found their
inspiration in the Bible;
and the enthusiasm for it has not yet quite faded away.
- Lafcadio Hearn

My wife and I now live in the summers in northern Michigan
in an environment which is wonderfully conducive to research,
and where most of my work in the last 15 years has been done.
- Douglass North

Let's leave beside them in another pile all the injustices
which exist in the northern state.
- Martin McGuinness

I never found either this or the Northern Shrike return to such prey for food.
I have seen them alight on the same thorn bush afterwards,
but never made any use of this kind of food.
- John Bachman

It is the maintenance of slavery by law in a state,
not parallels of latitude, that makes its a southern state;
and the absence of this,
that makes it a northern state.
- William H. Seward

I grew up in Derry, of course, and it was -
Derry was the worst example of Northern Ireland's discrimination.
- John Hume

I was born in Northern Ireland in 1951.
I lived most of my life there until 1986 or 1987.
- Paul Muldoon

But I never worked with a northern horse before.
They are very different from western horses.
- Julie Benz

My State Senate district was in the northern part of
Oklahoma and they were redrawing the districts.
- Don Nickles

I long ago suggested the hypothesis,
that in the basin of the Thames there are indications
of a meeting in the Pleistocene period of a northern and southern fauna.
- Charles Lyell

To this day the Arab influence is evident in southern Italy,
northern Africa and, above all, in Spain.
- Carroll Quigley

I believe we've spent many years trying to bring about
talks which have all the Parties in Northern Ireland
involved so that there'd be inclusive talks.
- Dick Spring

There is not a single injustice in Northern Ireland
that is worth the loss of a single British soldier
or a single Irish citizen either.
- James Callaghan

On the other hand, at some level the mass of unresolved
issues in Northern Ireland does influence the fact
that there are so many good writers in the place.
- Paul Muldoon

I see Canada as a country torn between a very northern,
rather extraordinary, mystical spirit which it fears
and its desire to present itself to the world as a Scotch banker.
- Robertson Davies

Twin Peaks was special because it was so groundbreaking.
In the early '90s it really changed television a lot.
A bunch of weird shows, like Northern Exposure,
came on after that.
- Sherilyn Fenn

We have terrorists coming into the country both through
our Northern and Southern borders.
- Tom Tancredo

In a very short time the army of Northern Virginia
was face to face with the Army of the Potomac.
- James Longstreet

My goal is to ensure the Northern Border is safe,
secure and allows for the free flow of travel and commerce.
- Rick Larsen

There are two traditions in Northern Ireland.
There are two main religious denominations.
But there is only one true moral denomination.
And it wants peace.
- David Trimble

The Northern idea of form is more of a process.
The various units of the form overlap.
You can't tell where some things stop and new things start.
This is typical of Sibelius.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

And we love to dance, especially that new one called the Civil War Twist.
The Northern part of you stands still while the Southern part tries to secede.
- Dick Gregory

They want to derail peace because they want to plunge
Northern Ireland back into armed conflict.
- Peter Mandelson

Certainly there was no just cause of complaint from the Northern States -
no advantage was ever sought or obtained by them for
their section of the Republic.
- Robert Toombs

The agreement to place the binational planning group
at our new Northern Command was also signed in December.
- Paul Cellucci

My mother was a Northern woman, daughter of Hon.
John Sergeant, a distinguished lawyer,
and for many years representative in Congress from Philadelphia.
- John Sergeant Wise

Obviously one of the things that poets from Northern Ireland and beyond -
had to try to make sense of was what was happening
on a day-to-day political level.
- Paul Muldoon

You know, the pessimism which exists now in the Middle
East existed in Northern Ireland,
but we stayed at it.
- George J. Mitchell

Trying to rebuild Afghanistan on the cheap has left
the country in the hands of warlords and an impotent
Northern Alliance puppet regime that runs Kabul and nothing else.
- Ted Rall

Except on their southern borders the great northern
forests are not good as a permanent home for man.
- Ellsworth Huntington

I continue to be a photographer; I have enjoyed fishing
and hunting with a close friend;
and have owned two ranches,
first in northern California and then in the state of Washington.
- Douglass North

ON the decline of the Roman power, about five centuries after Christ,
the countries of Northern Europe were left almost destitute
of a national government.
- Thomas Bulfinch

My point is there's a hidden Scotland in anyone who
speaks the Northern Ireland speech.
It's a terrific complicating factor,
not just in Northern Ireland,
but Ireland generally.
- Seamus Heaney

This position of this Northern party brought about the troubles of 1850,
and the political excitement of 1854.
- Robert Toombs

The lack of substantial resources and staffing along the Northern U.S.
border poses a real security threat.
- Mark Kennedy

It...
is the best opportunity we've had in the last 25 years
to bring about a settlement in Northern Ireland,
and I think we should leave no stone unturned to achieve that.
- Dick Spring

It is virtually impossible to control Northern Kenya,
which is populated chiefly by migrant nomads.
- Richard Leakey

In fact, the place where we have indicted more terrorists or potential terrorists,
is our Northern border.
- Tom Tancredo

The underlying process in Northern music tends to be slower and continuous,
whatever's happening on the surface;
in Southern music the underlying process is always faster.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

I finally had to go to the American Civil Liberties
Union here in northern California to get my reply published
to what I considered to be a hatchet job done by Stanley Crouch.
- Ishmael Reed

I pledged California to a Northern Republic and to
a flag that should have no treacherous threads of cotton in its warp,
and the audience came down in thunder.
- Thomas Starr King

Northern Uganda presents a situation of extraordinary
violation of the rights of children.
- Carol Bellamy

I'm going to be looking forward, asked to be judged on my record,
not taken back as has been the - in a sense,
the tendency throughout politics in Northern Ireland,
is to always look back, always look at what was said a long time ago,
instead of looking forward.
- Peter Hain

Do feuds ever end?
Only when both sides shake hands,
and agree that there is no winner, no loser,
only people who have wearied of fighting
and desire to live in peace.
For many years, Northern Ireland was locked
in a murderous and seemingly unending feud.
The key to ending the feud was a shared commitment
that peace was more important than vengeance.
That is always the choice to be made.
The organizers of an April 10, 2009
joint Protestant-Catholic commemoration
of the Northern Ireland dead,
comprised of members of the once-outlawed Sinn Fein
as well as their once-avowed enemies,
referred to, "the terrible, random nature
of death in war and civil conflict."
Some lessons have been learned, many more remain.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Well, Italy had been overrun by the War,
there had practically been civil war,
north and south of the Gothic Line, heavy bombing,
the northern industrial cities had been bombed heavily
and we had political disorder before 1948.
- Gianni Agnelli


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